Whenever we talk about a town or city, or even mountains and other landmarks around the world, elevation is one of the most important geographical statistics to mention. Elevation tells us how high or low an area is in relation to the Earth's mean sea level. The town of Durango has an elevation of 6,512 feet (1,988 m), which is very high when compared to most other towns and cities around the United States, but quite average for the state of Colorado. The nearby town of Silverton has a much higher elevation of 9,318 feet (2,840 m), so any trips along the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad involve a big rise in altitude.
Colorado residents are used to living at high altitudes, with the mean elevation of the state being 6,800 feet (2,070 m), so the town of Durango is actually lower than the average reading for the entire state. It’s also lower than many of the popular little resort towns dotted around Colorado like Aspen, which has an elevation of just under 8,000 feet (2,438 m) or Vail, which has an elevation of 8,022 feet (2,445 m), but still higher than the likes of Denver, which has an elevation of 5,280 feet (1,609.344 m).
The highest town of all in Colorado is Leadville, which is located in Lake County in the Rocky Mountains and has an elevation of 10,152 feet (3,094 m). The highest elevation point in the entire state is Mount Elbert, which has an extremely high elevation of 14,400 feet (4,401 m), while the lowest point in the state is a section of the Arikaree River which is situated at an elevation of 3,317 feet (1,011 m). The elevation of Durango is not particularly high for the state of Colorado, but is still much higher than most other locations all around the United States.